We love to go birding! Central New Mexico Audubon offers weekend and weekday trips to members and nonmembers alike. All field trips are FREE and anyone is welcome! In addition, we have birding opportunities from other organizations posted here!
You can also view a calendar of trips by visiting our “Calendar” page.
Click on a tab to view trip details and schedule
Thursday Birders meet almost every Thursday in Albuquerque. You don’t need to let the leader know you will be attending – just show up at the meeting spot no later than the specified time. If you have any questions email or call the trip leader for that particular day. For a short history of the Thursday Birders and species seen over the years, visit our “About Thursday Birders” page.
Pueblo Montano Open Space
Walk in the Pueblo Montano Open Space with Susan Chaudoir: 985-302-2878, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the south side of Montano Road and east side of Coors Boulevard. There is an entrance from both of those roads. It will be an easy two-mile walk ending before 12:00 p.m.
Water Canyon and The Box
Visit Water Canyon and The Box on US 60 west of Socorro with Judy Liddell: 505-220-7998, email@example.com. Meet at 6:50 a.m. for a 7:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on Gibson SE and University Boulevard. There will be a secondary meeting place at the McDonald’s in Socorro at 8:15, and a departure from there at 8:30. Let Judy know by May 21 if you plan to meet the group at McDonald’s. Bring lunch or buy lunch to go at McDonald’s. The trip will end back in Albuquerque at 4:00 p.m. For those not driving, the shared gas expense will be $10 at five cents per mile.
Walk in Calabacillas Arroyo with Maurice Mackey: 505-897-0415, firstname.lastname@example.org. The group will meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the west side of the Rio Grande River. The area is reached by driving north on Coors, past Paseo Del Norte and Irving Boulevard, turning east on Westside Drive. Westside Drive is the first right 0.28 miles north of Irving Boulevard. Follow Westside Drive 0.2 of a mile to an open gate on the left. Go through the gate and down the arroyo to the parking area. If driving south on Coors from Corrales or Alameda, get in the left lane and turn onto Westside Drive. The walk will end before 12:00 p.m.
Jemez Mountain Cabin
Visit the Feltz family’s Jemez Mountain cabin at 8,600′ near La Cueva with Lou Feltz: 505-856-1322, email@example.com. One may view birds from the back deck or nearby meadows. Meet at 6:50 a.m. for a 7:00 departure from the south side of Sprouts in the Far North Shopping Center located on the east side of San Mateo and the north side of Academy Boulevard. Bring lunch. The group will be back in Albuquerque by 3:00 p.m. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $7 at five cents per mile.
AMAFCA Wildlife Habitats
Explore the wildlife habitats created by AMAFCA (Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority) at three locations in the south valley with Judy Liddell: 505-220-7998, firstname.lastname@example.org. Those locations are Sanchez Farms, Raven Pond, and Laguna de Cuervo. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the National Hispanic Cultural Center located at 1701 4th Street SW and Bridge Boulevard. Park in the northwest corner of the parking lot along Bridge Boulevard. Carpooling will be necessary since parking is limited at each location. Each of these locations were discussed at the March CNMAS meeting. An AMAFCA Staff person will meet the group at each location to explain the methods used to create the wildlife habitat, then we will explore the areas for birds, plants, and other wildlife. The walk at each location will be about 0.75 of a mile. The walk will end before 12:00 p.m. Mosquitoes may be a problem, so come prepared.
Villanueva State Park
Travel to Villaneuva State Park on the Pecos River with Rebecca Gracey: 505-362-5095, email@example.com. Meet at 6:50 a.m. for a 7:00 departure from the north side of the Sprouts parking lot in the Four Hills Village Shopping Center located on Central Avenue and Tramway Boulevard NE. A secondary meeting place will be Clines Corners at 8:00. Let Rebecca know if you plan to meet the group there. From Clines Corners the group will take US 285 north, turning west on White Lakes Road in hopes of seeing a Mountain Plover in the first half mile. Then the group will backtrack on White Lakes Road, turn north on US 285 for a very short distance, and then turn right on County Road 24C/B31A until it reaches NM 3. A south turn on NM 3 leads to Villaneuva. The group will stop in the town of Villaneuva to view birds on the Pecos River and then drive to the nearby state park. A $5 entrance fee or State Park Pass is required per car. Bring lunch. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 4:00 p.m. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $8 at five cents per mile.
Hyde Park Road – Santa Fe
Explore spots along Hyde Park Road (NM 475) in the Santa Fe National Forest with Judy Liddell: 505-220-7998, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 7:20 a.m. for a 7:30 departure from the Target parking lot at I-25 and Paseo del Norte. Meet in the northwest corner of the parking lot and park in spots facing Paseo del Norte. The lot can be accessed from Paseo del Norte just east of I-25, or from San Pedro one block south of San Pedro/Paseo del Norte. If you prefer to meet the group in Santa Fe, the first stop will be at Little Tesuque Picnic Area on the left just past mile marker 8 on Hyde Park Road (NM 475). PLEASE let Judy know by July 26 if she should expect to meet you there. Hyde Park Road is designated as the Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway and passes through four different life zones. At the Santa Fe Ski Area we will hope to find a Clark’s Nutcracker or two. Bring lunch and drinking water. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $6 at five cents per mile. The group will return to Albuquerque by 3:00 p.m.
No trip is planned for the July 4th holiday.
Walk around the Shady Lakes Fishing Ponds with Linda Otterson: 505-280-3123, email@example.com. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Shady Lakes parking lot by the highway. The ponds are located in the far north valley and are reached by driving north on 4th or 2nd Street, going past the intersection with NM 556 (Tramway/ Roy Avenue) at the traffic circle, and continuing north on NM 313 and then entering the parking lot on the west from NM 313. The group will walk about one mile around the ponds, ending the outing before 12:00 p.m.
Walk up Cienega Canyon in the Sandias with Glenda and Jim Morling: 269-420-8322, firstname.lastname@example.org. To car pool, meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the north side of the Sprouts parking lot in the Four Hills Village Shopping Center on Central Avenue and Tramway Boulevard SE. The group will park in the lower parking lot in Cienega Canyon and walk up the road to the spring at the upper parking lot and back for a total of one mile. A $3 parking fee or Federal pass is required per car. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $1.50 at five cents per mile. The trip will end around 12:00 p.m.
View the Mississippi Kites and walk in the Corrales bosque with Joe Schelling: 505-797-9018, email@example.com. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the west end of Academy Drive. Academy Drive is approximately 4 miles north on Corrales Road from Alameda Boulevard. The group hopes to see Mississippi Kites at the abandoned Academy School site. The group will then carpool to a nearby location for a walk through the bosque (probably North Corrales or Romero Road). The walk will end by 11:30 a.m. All are invited to have lunch afterwards at Village Pizza in Corrales.
Visit the Simms Ranch and Bonnie Long’s house in the Manzano Mountains for hummingbirds, bluebirds, and a potluck meal with Bonnie Long: 505-379-1985, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 8:50 a.m. for a 9:00 departure from the north side of the Sprouts parking lot in the Four Hills Village Shopping Center on Central Avenue and Tramway Boulevard NE or 9:45 at the entrance to the Simms Ranch on NM 337, six miles south of Chilili, past mile marker 5, where Bonnie will meet people near her parked vehicle. Since this event has grown in size to over 35 people, at least six people are asked to bring a main dish. Please contact Bonnie if you can provide one. Other attendees should bring beverages and side dishes that would serve 8 – 10 people. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $3.50 at five cents per mile. People should be back in Albuquerque by 3:00 p.m.
Torrance County Raptors
Drive to see raptors on the eastern plains of Torrance County with Bonnie Long: 505-379-1985, email@example.com. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the Tijeras Senior Center parking area on NM 333/ Rt. 66. To reach the parking area, turn north on Tijeras Avenue, just west of the Tijeras Library. A secondary meeting place is the Pilot Travel Center located on north NM 41 after taking the second Moriarty exit from I-40. Meet there at 8:30 a.m. The group will drive south of Moriarty to look for raptors. Lunch will be at Chili Hills Restaurant on the far west side of Moriarty, just east of the Motel 6. The group should be back in Tijeras by 3:00 p.m. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile.
Walk in Sulphur Canyon with Ken Zaslow: 512-576-5309, firstname.lastname@example.org. To car pool, meet at 7:20 a.m. for a 7:30 departure from the parking lot north of Sprouts in the Four Hills Shopping Village located on Central and Tramway Boulevard NE. A $3.00 parking fee or pass is required. The walk will end around 12:00 p.m.
Alameda Open Space
Walk in the Alameda Open Space in the North Valley with Leah Henzler: 505-280-2085, email@example.com. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Open Space parking lot on the south side of Alameda Boulevard, just east of the Rio Grande River. The one-mile walk will end around 12:00 p.m.
Las Huertas Canyon
Drive to Las Huertas Canyon on the north side of the Sandia Mountains with Bernie and Pauline Morris: 505-369-1227, firstname.lastname@example.org. Take I-25 north out of Albuquerque and take exit 242 to Placitas. Drive east on NM 165 for 2.8 miles. The group will meet at 7:00 a.m. in the US Forest Service parking area at the west entrance to Forest Loop Road on the south side of NM 165. The group will bird there for a while looking for desert scrub birds. Since the road up the mountain is deeply rutted, people with high clearance vehicles will be asked to drive the group further east on NM 165 through Placitas for nine miles on paved road, and then for four miles on unpaved, rough road until reaching the lower parking lot of the Los Huertas Picnic Area. Bring a picnic lunch. A $3 parking fee or Federal Pass is required per car. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $1.50 at five cents per mile. The drivers should have their riders back to the Forest Service parking lot by 1:00 p.m.
If you have any questions about the Thursday Birders trips, contact Rebecca Gracey.
CNMAS Field Trips
CNMAS Trips occur irregularly throughout the year on weekends. Notice that some trips are overnight events. Be sure and contact leaders before you attend! Please make sure to contact your leader prior to the trip as plans may change, leaders appreciate it and some trips are limited to a set number of participants. CNMAS and its leaders encourage car-pooling, especially on longer trips.
July 27-28, 2019 – 8 am – 7 pm
Mimbres Hummingbird Festival
Enjoy a weekend getaway to the Gila National Forest and join in this local hummingbird celebration. The event is free and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site, 35 minutes east of Silver City. There will be vendors, lectures, education, children’s activities, a raffle ice cream sale and archaeological tours led by the Heritage Site’s museum staff. And hummingbirds, of course! Rivoli’s, Calliope, Rufous, Broad-tailed and Black-chinned are all possible here. If you’re feeling adventurous, the Gila Cliff Dwellings are in the neighborhood, as well as several birding hotspots, like Lake Roberts and Cherry Creek Campground. For more information about the festival, please visit http://www.silvercity. org/events/details/hummingbirdfestival-4839 or call 575-536-3333.
Saturday August 24, 2019
Bandelier National Monument
Beat the heat and join Jim Mosley for a day trip in the beautiful Jemez Mountains. The group will meet at the Smith’s grocery store in White Rock at 8:00 a.m. and from there will explore pull-outs above Bandelier National Monument and Frijoles Canyon as we head to the Jemez Mountains. Montane target species include Hepatic and Western Tanagers, Empid Flycatchers, Warblers and Zone-tailed Hawk. Also, in the burn scars from the 2011 fire we can find Lewis’s, Acorn and American Three-toed Woodpeckers. This trip will last at least six hours so bring lunch, snacks and water. The summer monsoon weather can be variable in the mountains, so plan accordingly with extra layers and rain gear. Those interested in carpooling should meet at the Sandia Casino parking lot at Tramway and I-25 at 6:00 a.m. Please email Jim at email@example.com or call 505-366-3410 to RSVP and let him know you’re interested in carpooling.
If you have any comments, concerns, suggestions, or praise for the CNMAS Field Trips contact the Field Trip Director.
Other Birding Opportunities
But that’s not all, we want to share the love! There are many other groups that organize trips in the New Mexico. Here we have provided a list of field outings sponsored by other organizations.
Rio Grande Nature Center Weekend Bird Walks
Every Saturday & Sunday – 8:30 am
w/ Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
The FRGNC offers birding trips every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year starting at 8:30 am. Walks are FREE and open to anyone. They start at the Candelaria Wetlands Blind in the Northeast corner of the parking lot at the Rio Grande Nature Center and last from 1 to 3 hours touring the grounds at the Nature Center. Note that there is a parking fee of $3 unless you have a New Mexico State Parks Pass or Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center pass.
For more information about the Rio Grande Nature Center, visit the friends webpage by clicking here.
Valle de Oro NWR Bird Walks
Every third Saturday of the month
w/ Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
Every third Saturday of the month Valle de Oro NWR offers two guided bird walks: one for the beginning enthusiast and one for the more advanced birder. The walks are structured depending on participant turn-out and time of year. Since birds and other wildlife are most active early in the morning, the goal is to start within one hour of sunrise. Start times vary; details are on the Events page of the Friends of Valle de Oro website: http://friendsofvalledeoro.wildapricot.org/.
Albuquerque Urban Bird Coalition
Click the link for a PDF of the Bird Watching Guide for Albuquerque produced by the Albuquerque Urban Bird Coalition.
Sangre De Cristo Audubon Society Field Trips
Sangre De Cristo Audubon (based in Santa Fe, NM) has regular field trips throughout the year.